Oct 2, 2012 1:40am PDT
on the campaign trail as president obama and mitt romney hunkers down and prepares for wednesday's debate. a new abc news/"washington post" poll shows a very tight race. so both campaigns see tomorrow night as a big opportunity. this presidential campaign has been going on for nearly two years and finally it's debate season for the nominees. the time when americans seem to really start paying attention. president obama's rehearsing with senator john kerry and mitt romney is squaring off against senator rob portman. both candidates have challenges and checklists. president obama's working on shorter answers, trying to avoid sounding like the professor he was before the white house. democrats say he needs to look strong and forceful and not appear irritated or impatient. >> they're trying to get him into the mode of being able to answer questions, short, concisely, and to the point, and so it's much more like his mannerisms and his style and the way he comes across as opposed to information in this. >> reporter: and mitt romney? he has to seem relatable, especially after his 47% comment. how can h
Oct 8, 2012 3:00am PDT
romney in last week's debate. abc's reena ninan has the details. >> reporter: big byrd took to the high road on "saturday night live." >> before you go, do you have any political statements you'd like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> reporter: but many ruffles were feathered as he was mentioned in the campaign. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i love pbs. i love big bird. i look you too. >> somebody's getting tough on big bird. elmo, you'd better make a run for it. >> reporter: campaign surrogates keeping it alive in the fight over big government spending. >> he's taken the battle straight to "sesame street" and let wall street run hog wild. >> reporter: so was it a mistake targeting america's favorite yellow bird? >> he wasn't targeting. he was just pointing to one example. big byrd is pretty successful. >> reporter: but the truth is the show relies on less than 0.1% of federal funding from federal particulars. after the debate, some 17,000 tweets per minute came in about #bigbird. >> welcome to the middle class, big bird. despite or because of it big bir
Oct 6, 2012 4:00am PDT
. >> reporter: also in virginia, mitt romney's post-debate momentum ran smack right into those breakthrough numbers. >> more and more people have just stopped looking for work. >> reporter: romney tried to spin the unemployment rate. >> the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today, on the day the president got elected, the unemployment rate would be around 11%. >> reporter: the president, who spoke before romney, saw that charge coming. >> today's news, certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy, to score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: but there was more. when the former ceo of general electric took to twitter and the air waves, suggesting the obama campaign cooked the numbers. >> i don't know what the right number is. but i'll tell you, these numbers don't smell right when you think about where the economy is right now. >> reporter: many experts laughed off the charge. but the labor secretary, whose department compiles the monthly report, was not laughing. >> i'
Oct 8, 2012 4:00am PDT
gallup poll confirms romney picked up momentum after last week's debate. president obama is leading romney three points after being up six points after his speech. romney focusololk coke us on hi plan. it calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: the candidates pounced on tv ads. romney does want to cut tax rates that would reduce revenue by $5 trillion over ten years. romney has refused to say which one, leaving him open to attack. >> today, mitt romney will launch an attack of his own, delivering a foreign policy speech slamming president obama's middle east policy. rock and paula. >> all right, tahman bradley, live in washington this monday morning. thank you, tahman. >>> and of course, the main event this week is thursday's vice presidential debate, abc's live coverage begins at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. >>> and politics overseas now, it is another victory for venezuela venezuelian president hugo chavez. chavez although is battling cancer received 54% of the vote, leaving his supporters to celebrate right there in the streets. voter turnout was more than 80%. that's the hi